According to WRKN, a local newspaper in the area, authorities in Coffee County, Tennessee, reported an increase in the number of fake 911 calls due to a malfunctioning safety feature on iPhones.
This past weekend, roughly 80,000 people descended upon the county to attend the Bonnaroo music festival. It has been reported that there were five times the usual quantity of fake 911 calls made during the event.
The bogus calls were eventually tracked down to a function on Apple devices known as automobile crash detection, which sends an alert to 911 if a device is subjected to rapid movement. In point of fact, the attendees were just dancing around enthusiastically, and there was no serious emergency. The most recent iterations of the iPhone and Apple Watch each come equipped with the capability, including the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro.
The authorities have verified that they were successful in exposing the hoax calls and establishing that there were no genuine emergencies occurring on the festival grounds. In addition, they warned the attendees and requested that they turn off the function while they were dancing.